Monday, July 31, 2017

july thirty-first

Five for July 31st:

Riding, or lack thereof. This week is going to be pretty weak on the bike-commuting front. Dentist appointment tonight, kid transportation duties tomorrow and Wednesday. Hopefully I’ll squeeze in a couple at the end of the week if the weather permits.

Sleeping in. Didn’t wake up til’ 7:00 this morning, which is a good hour and some change later than I usually sleep. Bonus: kids slept even later.

One man’s trash. Found two perfectly cut little kicker/quarter pipe transitions in a pile of wood on a curb yesterday. Thanks, random neighbor remodeling his kitchen or something. A few 2x4’s, half a piece of PVC and a sheet of ply and I’ll have a fun little backyard ramp to goof around on.

Cool stuff. Windows open in the house, Super Mario Bros. t-shirt, afternoon slappy attack with Brian, free fruit at work, new pump track at Larimore Park, David Bowie pin pack, Chrome Ball Incident Ray Barbee interview.

Weekend highlights. Impromptu neighborhood pizza party at the playground, skate session at JB, trip down the River Road for dinner on the water at Loading Dock, riding bikes with the goobers.

Friday, July 28, 2017

july twenty-eighth

Five for July 28th:

Good to the last drop. Who needs coffee when you can get the day started with a nice hot cup of republican tears?

Pedal power. Nice sunny 75-degree ride in this morning. Glad I got more bike commuting in than not this week.

John McCain. I guess for some people, all it takes to do the right thing is be faced with the quickly-impending specter of your own mortality and the knowledge that you will ultimately be remembered in the annals of history as a coward whose final act was stripping healthcare away from millions of people. Others can just do it all the time.

Cool stuff. Sneak peek at the 2018 GT Pro Performer, 60 Seconds with Grosso: Favorite Skate Pic, two La Croix party packs, afternoon ditch sesh, fresh Steve Steadham setup, Antihero’s “Reality Breakdown” article, Per Welinder Nordic Skull t-shirt reissues.

Weekend action. Great weather and no plans. Likely taking the kids to some playgrounds, getting in morning skate or BMX dirt jump sesh, potential trip to some sort of body of water, Maplewood pool, and whatever else comes along.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

july twenty-seventh

Five for July 27th:

Too close for discomfort. I came home last night to find the AC upstairs hadn’t been running all day. Finally figured out the thermostat had crapped out at some point and was totally dead. Luckily, Lisa was at a late meeting and was able to pick a replacement up on the way home. I switched it out and the air kicked on just in time for bedtimes.

Rainy day. Wet roads and persistent drizzle put a damper on my planned ride today, but hey. My grass is green again, our garden is blooming like crazy and we got another break in the heat, so I can’t complain.

Higher ed. Jane is starting to figure out basic addition and subtraction, which means that mathematically speaking, she and I are pretty much on the same level now.

Cool stuff. Pertzborn’s People- Skate Camp News 1987, Ranchito coffee, drumless tracks, Curb Dogs 1 and 2 online, busy season at work, free Powell Peralta stickers.

Quote of the day. “Sorry, I was led to believe that transgender people were so skilled in combat that I should fear being alone in the bathroom with them.” -Mark Agee

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

july twenty-sixth

Five for July 26th:

Shredding. We found a new slappy curb at lunch yesterday, in the same lot we usually skate. A little higher than the other spot with a good coat of fresh paint, a bend, and a section you can boardslide in and out of. Super fun.

Allroy Saves. A sick VHS transfer of ALL at Bernard Pub with Dave Smalley on vocals circa ’88 just surfaced on YouTube, along with a ton of other great stuff by the same user. Required viewing.

Sweet tooth. Lisa’s banana ice cream (blended frozen bananas and almond milk) with date sauce is so delicious it’s hard to believe that it’s actually good for you. Relatively speaking.

Cool stuff. Ranchito with Tom and Brian, In Defense of Janick Gers, post-bedtime backyard flatland, work fruit restock, iPhone photo dump.

Quote of the day. "Thank you LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs." -Donald Trump, a year and some change before announcing a ban on transgender people in the military

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

july twenty-fifth

Five for July 25th:

Good ride. The combination of super mild weather, repaved and reopened roads through forest Park, raising my seat about an inch, and tightening up my front wheel made for a quick and comfortable ride in this morning. No beating it.

Slappy hour. Hitting up some yellow curbs with Brian this afternoon for a 30-minute lunch session. We’ll get back to hitting the ditch once the back-to-school season subsides a bit.

ICYMI. Dax Shepard is absolutely wearing a Shelter "Quest for Certainty" shirt in the opening credits of Parenthood.

Cool stuff. Team Pain Lost in Transition series, new Antihero video drops today, espresso roast, Beat It/Trooper mashup, evening at the playground.

Tuesday soundtrack. Minutemen, Pallbearer, Hermano, Revocation, Dio, The Wipers, Speedwolf, Fugazi, McRad, Hellacopters, Earth Crisis, Ministry.

Monday, July 24, 2017

july twenty-fourth

Five for July 24th:

Cycling. A much-needed break in the heat means riding as much as possible this week. Going for four out of five days, assuming the “spot shower” chances on Thursday and Friday remain spotty. Quick and cool ride in this morning. The freshly-repaved road that goes past the zoo shaves a good minute or more off the ride time and allows me to avoid the most grueling part of the ride in.

Rigs of Dad. If you only follow one account on Instagram, it should be this one.

MS Paint. Looks like my go-to program for graphic design wizardry is finally getting the axe. I don’t usually brag about myself, but you’ll find no one on earth better at using windows paint than me. So long, old friend.

Cool stuff. Revocation’s cover of Dyers Eve, finally got the front lawn mowed, Sunday skate sessions at JB and Webster, breakfast at Chris’ with the crew, evening swimming, watermelon water restock, Pool Nation miniseries on YouTube, Lisa's Mediterranean bowls.

Quote of the day. “When ideology rules all, acknowledging dissonant facts is treason. Reality, in that way of thinking, is a mere construct owned by history’s winners. This brand of cult reasoning explains why Republicans despise journalism, deride universities, and disregard the advice of scientists. Within the walls of the GOP cult, those who concern themselves with accuracy, who allow themselves to be constrained by empirical measures, are seen as history’s losers.” -Chris Ladd

Friday, July 21, 2017

july twenty-first

Five for July 21st:

3/5 for the week. The ride home yesterday was good, but more or less put me on my ass for the rest of the night. I’ll pick it up again once the triple-digit temperatures break. I love riding, but I don’t necessarily love it enough to risk a heat stroke.

Pest control. I don’t know if it’s the weather or what, but we’ve had to deal with more insects and mice getting in the house this summer than ever. The bin of traps, bait, and other implements of doom overfloweth.

Skateboarder magazine. Every issue of Skateboarder from ’74-’79, plus some earlier stuff and feature issues, has been archived, scanned, and is online for the world to enjoy.

Cool stuff. Getting paid, morning drums, cantaloupe cup, Iron Maiden Dance of Death on vinyl, George trying out big-boy underwear.

Weekend action. Going to try to pull double duty and catch the Jag-Wires show at Tap Room and the Essential Knots/MCF show at Off Broadway Saturday night. Beyond that, no plans except probably hit the pool and try not to melt.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

july twentieth

Five for July 20th:

Day 3. Glad I got motivated to ride the bike in this morning, because I wasn’t feeling it at all when I woke up. Had a great, smooth ride and totally crushed it, time-wise. Good to get the blood flowing, even though the ride home today will be like pedaling through a blast furnace.

Reality bites. I’m seeing way too many obituaries on the Facebook page for my high school graduating class lately.

Swag. Getting in to the office early for vendor meetings can sometimes be a bummer, but when you get a free coozie, bottle opener keychain and C Blues Band harmonica out of the deal, it’s worth it. Thanks, Hohner guys.

Cool stuff. World BMX day is today, Grosso’s Loveletters: Old Skate Mags, Part 2, Steve Steadham blem decks, New York Dolls, Pavement, and Shonen Knife concert posters, Assault Friends Of No One promo video.

America 2017. Has the President called John McCain a loser for getting a brain tumor yet?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

july nineteenth

Five for July 19th:

Drive day. Kid-transportation commitments prevented me from riding the bike in today- as they do pretty much every Wednesday- but hoping to get back on the saddle tomorrow, heat wave be damned.

Rogue One. Forget episodes 1, 2, and 3 even exist. As far as I’m concerned, Rogue One is the only prequel. Certainly the only one you need to bother watching.

Tricks I landed at the ditch yesterday. Frontside disaster, rock n’ roll to backside 180 out, backside 50/50, backside feeble stall, frontside 50/50 to disaster, backside pivot.

Cool stuff. New issue of Decibel, blueberry RX bar, lunchtime solo slappy session at the Schnucks curbs, ctrl-shift-N, leftover salmon.

Quote of the day. "That commitment to abstract anti-government dogma, without any concern for the practical impact, is the quality that makes the Republican Party unlike right-of-center governing parties in any other democracy. In no other country would a conservative party develop a plan for health care that every major industry stakeholder calls completely unworkable." -Jonathan Chait

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

july eighteenth

Five for July 18th:

Day two. While I may be regretting my decision to ride in this afternoon as the heat index breaks the 100-degree mark, at least I got a nice one in this morning.

Just in case you were wondering. I am, indeed, thanked in the 2003 Polish cassette release of Iron Maiden’s Dance of Death.

Gluttons for punishment. Hitting the ditch this afternoon for what will likely be a short and sweaty skate session.

Cool stuff. Free Obituary poster and Merge Records stickers, spiking my bike water bottle with Emergen-C, Castlevania series on Netflix, Elliot Sloan Indy 900, passion fruit La Croix.

Tuesday soundtrack. Sick Of It All, Entombed, Shelter, Mastodon, At the Gates, High On Fire, Snapcase, Cactus, Sleep, Mondo Drag.

Monday, July 17, 2017

july seventeenth

Five for July 17th:

Pedal pushing. Felt awesome to get out and ride this morning after almost a solid week off the saddle. With heat indexes reaching 112 over the next few days, I’m just going to play this week by ear on the biking front.

Rombach’s. Looks like the pumpkin patch of my youth is officially closing. I’m glad I got to take Jane there before they got elbowed out of existence, and bummed to know George will never see the place. Hope everyone enjoys whatever prefabricated consumer monstrosity gets plunked down there.

Tonight. Kicking off the working week with Hell Night at Fubar. This makes two weeks in a row of going to shows on nights where I have to get up and work the next day. What do I think I am, 22?

Cool stuff. Gary Young- Shred til’ Dad, Black Flag shirt revisited, work coffee resupply, You should care about the Trump-Russia scandal, Police Academy on Netflix, Costco membership, new tags for Henry.

Weekend highlights. Boating, picnicking and rope-swinging at Castlewood beach, Jane’s first trip to the Art Museum, Lindenwood Park with the goobs, backyard flatland jam, hitting the pool.

Friday, July 14, 2017

july fourteenth

Five for July 14th:

2/5 it is. Had to skip riding the bike in today due to rain-covered roads. We needed the rain pretty badly so I can’t be too bummed about it. Maybe I’ll shoot for a Grant’s Trail ride tonight or tomorrow just to keep the legs limber.

Back to the ditch. Lunch hour skate jam at ol’ reliable today. Hopefully it’ll be a little less swampy than the last few times we were there- or at least dry enough to ride.

Office quote of the day. “You want a free K-cup, you’re going to have to put up with some chair drumming.” -Brian

Cool stuff. Henry Rollins: It’s Amazing How Quickly We Got Used to the Trump Dumpster Fire, rare 16 Min @ 16mm Dave Mirra & Ryan Nyquist video, breaking in the new Maiden shirt, RX bars, Pool Seekers “Hump Bowl” episode, healthy chocolate chip cookie bars.

Weekend action. No real plans the next couple of days, which is a nice change of pace compared to last weekend. Maplewood pool, Castlewood or Creve Coeur Lake beach with the kids, early morning skate and/or trails session, trip to Mr. Wizard’s (Lizard's) and finally mowing the backyard are all highly likely.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

july thirteenth

Five for July 13th:

Up the Irons. Iron Maiden RULED last night. Great mix of new Book of Souls tunes and old classics, all of which sounded amazing. Such a rad show. It was cool seeing Ghost as well.

Westhoff skatepark. Cruised out for a hot and muggy afternoon sesh with Brian yesterday. Definitely a bit of a haul for a lunch skate, but worth it.

On the scam. Is there anything more all-American that scoring discounted concert tees from some sketchy dude in an amphitheater parking lot after a show? I think not. Grabbed this for $12 on the way to the car last night- a lot better than $45 at the merch booth.

Cool stuff. Hitting Ranchito, Creature Black Metal tour video, $0.50 vintage Cap’n Crunch figure, Red Racks revisited, Buffalo Killers on Spotify, Longevity: Dennis McCoy.

No ride. Was going to pedal in today, but had to drop Lisa and the kids off at the car repair place this morning and there’s looming storm chances this afternoon. Hoping to get tomorrow in for a solid 3/5 for the week.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

july twelfth

Five for July 12th:

Iron Maiden. Tonight will make I believe the sixth or seventh time I’ve seen Maiden live, and the first for Lisa. Was dragging me feet on this one, but we snagged some cheap lawn seats and made it happen. Should be an awesome show, and really, might as well take every opportunity to see them while they're still out touring.

Quote of the day. "The bosses are away for half a day and this place turns into the Foot Clan headquarters." -Seth

But her emails. The Donald Trump Jr. emails change everything. The Trump administration isn’t a farce, it’s a tragedy. Donald Trump Jr. is just staggeringly incompetent. What will it take for Republicans to turn on Trump? Trump Aides Freaking Out Over Don Jr.'s Russia Email: The 'Sum Of All Fears'.

Cool stuff. Green smoothies, using my desk coffee maker again, cheap ant bait at Aldi, Thai almond butter sauce, new issue of Drum! magazine.

Shredding the gnar. Yesterday was killer: met up with Andy at lunch for his first time at the ditch, where much raging went down in the 102-degree heat. Plans for a short trip out to Westhoff for this afternoon in the works as well.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

july eleventh

Five for July 11th:

Day two. A significantly hotter and muggier ride in this morning than yesterday, but still a good one. Made it to work in 25 minutes door-to-door.

Upcoming shows. Iron Maiden at Riverport, Hell Night at Fubar, Essential Knots and MCF at Off Broadway, Jag-Wires at Tap Room.

Thrasher mags. Finally making a dent in the four or so issues I’ve received in the mail over the last few months that I’ve barely glanced at. What can I say? Time is tight.

Cool stuff. New electric razor, peanut butter cookie Elevation bars, afternoon ditch sesh with Andy and Brian in the works, vintage Team Effigy video footage, there's potentially an even dumber Donald Trump than the current sitting president.

Tuesday soundtrack. KISS, Kingdom of Sorrow, Baroness, the Sword, Hot Lunch, Zig Zags, Mastodon, Venom, Testament, D.R.I., the Shrine.

Monday, July 10, 2017

july tenth

Five for July 10th:

Day one. Shooting for four days of bike commuting this week, and it looks like the weather will cooperate even though a couple of days are going to be pretty sweltering. Had a great one this morning- perfect way to kick off a week.

July toy show. Jane and I met up with Greg and crew yesterday for some toy overload. Scored seasons 4, 5, and 6 of The Simpsons on DVD and a loose MASK figure, and of course Jane snagged a new Barbie (as is custom), a Thomas the Tank Engine toy for George, and a few other odds and ends.

Lake of the Ozarks. Long weekend mini-vacation to the lake coming up in August. Always fun to get out of town for a bit, and the kids are going to have a blast.

Cool stuff. Siete BLT breakfast tacos, drinks at Royale, Café Bustelo for the office coffee maker, afternoon ditch demolition, NiCola La Croix, evening at the pool, pedal-boating.

Bummers. Ants in the laundry room, ripped my favorite (admittedly pretty threadbare) white Thrasher t-shirt, going to have to drop some money on the Rogue pretty soon.

Friday, July 7, 2017

july seventh

Five for July 7th:

Riding in. Wednesday and Thursday were no-choice drive days due to having to pick up kids/dog after work, but at least I got today in this week. Beautiful 75-degree, low-humidity ride with a good overcast sky and no headwind, which was nice given how much crap I was lugging on my back.

Resistance isn’t futile. A few months ago the thought of eating a banana and some walnuts for breakfast with a table full of donuts and muffins calling at me from a few feet away would have been almost inconceivable, but that’s no longer the case. In fact, the opposite is now true.

Skate ragin’. Mega fun session at 170 yesterday with Rick and Brian. Landed three frontside disasters in a row and stuck a bunch of other tricks. That place rules. Going back this afternoon for more.

Cool stuff. Pre-ride smoothie, new Ted Leo article/interview and song debut, everyone going to NAMM next week, Pool Seekers on YouTube, Old School Skates NOS buy/get deals.

Weekend action. Mowing the backyard tonight, followed by a drink with some old friends at Royale and possibly seeing the Jag-Wires at San Loo. Trip to the farm tomorrow morning, Sublette Park fireworks with Jane in the eve. Toy show and BMX with Greg Sunday morning, BBQ with some neighborhood friends that night.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

july sixth

Five for July 6th:

Imagineering. My kids made up a game called "birdwalkers", which so far as I can tell entails little more than George sitting on Jane's head followed by a couple of laps around the dining room table.

Henry. The dog is at Spotlight today getting a much-needed shave and a haircut. His last two groomings were done by me with my hair clippers on the back deck, and while they were passable, it’s time for a good old fashioned factory reset.

Ditch day. Hitting 170 with Brian this afternoon for a muggy lunchtime skate session. It’s been a week or so since the last time we were there, and to quote Johnny Rad, “my wheels are itching”.

Cool stuff. Medical Tourists patch, free chapstick, GTA: San Andreas revisited, F is for Family on Netflix, Grosso’s Loveletters: Old Skate Mags, part 1.

Thursday soundtrack. Monolord, Red Fang, Mountain Witch, Jawbreaker, High on Fire, Sleep, Black Flag, Cathedral, Kadavar, Bad Religion.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

july fifth

Five for July 5th:

Fireworks. Had the whole neighborhood crew over on Friday night to watch the Forest Park fireworks from our front lawn, with Jane getting to stay up late for the first time and see them.

Getting radical. Got in skate sessions at Westhoff and Morganford (first time at either spot in years) and a flatland jam with Greg and Paul at Shenandoah over the long weekend.

Date night. Rode our bikes over to Fair St. Louis for a bit, checked out Hi-Pointe Diner for the first time (it was great), rode home, walked to SoHa for cocktails, and watched one final night of fireworks from the porch. Then I played drums in the attic till 10:30.

Cool stuff. One week til’ Iron Maiden, three free pairs of sunglasses, Erick Winkowski pro for Santa Cruz, salmon salad, record shopping at Planet Score, Blaze Bayley at Fubar in August, getting Henry properly groomed.

America, the diminished. "Six months into his term, Trump’s policy achievements are few and thin, but he has coarsened our politics, shown the power of shamelessness, undermined our faith in each other and ourselves, modeled behavior we would punish children for exhibiting, and implicated all of us in the running fiasco of his presidency. He has diminished the country he promised to make great."